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Season 7 Episode 1, April 23rd

Get a Grip

The season opener begins with the podcast’s newest addition, Coach Larry Owens, and his segment called the “Top of the First”.Larry talks about a topic that is near to him: youth pitchers being overused due to back-to-back games and how the negative results of being overused can show-up for many years to come. Larry and I try to offer some “food-for-thought” to youth coaches on how to address this ongoing issue.

And in the Teaching Moment for this episode entitled “Get a Grip”, I talk aboutthe anatomy of the grip, the roles of the fingers and wrist, and their relationship and connection to the release, spin rate, pitch-type, hand-size, etc.

And in today’s last segment, “Engineering the Pitcher”, I make some suggestions for how pitcher’s can “get a better grip” on the baseball through strength training the often-forgotten fingers as well as the wrist.

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Season 6 Episode 20 - April 23, 2019

A Special Pop-Up Episode for Coaches

The Fix:a special pop-up episode covering

  • Re-entry into baseball
  • Creative ideas for handling a short summer season
  • How to organize a throwing/pitching program when the start date is not certain
  • Two deadly pitching-motion flaws that can be fixed at home without releasing a ball

I invited Associate Head Coach Steve Harrow from Morro Bay High School in California to help with the discussion.

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Season 6 Episode 19 - March 20, 2019

How to Plan for a Safe Re-Entry and a Great Comeback when baseball returns

In this episode, I brought together three expert coaches:

Ed Sprague, Director of Player Development, Oakland A’s
Larry Owens, Head Coach, Bellarmine University, Kentucky
Andy Tarpley, Head Coach, College Park High School…

…to discuss all the issues facing baseball and players during this trying time.

Also included:suggestions for the daily plan to survive…and maybe even thrive…during this crisis including workout ideas, arm readiness, etc.

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Season 6 Episode 18 - February 20, 2019

The Baseball Pitching Stride:Drills, Exercises, Teaching Methods, and more

The Baseball Pitching Stride is one of the most misunderstood parts of the pitching motion. In this episode, along with my guest, Coach Larry Owens of Bellarmine University, we talk everything stride: the stride phase from beginning to end, the issues around stride length, drills to teach direction, exercises to teach strength and more. Go to You Tube channel, Angel Borrelli Pitching, to see all the visuals that go along with the drills and exercises.

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Season 6 Episode 17- January 27, 2019

High School Coaches’ Pre-Season Questions: Asked and Answered

In this special Pre-Season Series, with my guest coach Steve Harrow, and emails from two high school coaches Brent and David, we cover the issues that come up for coaches during this time of the year: how to create the pre-season calendar for getting the pitchers’ arms ready; what to do when pitchers are coming in late to the season because they play a second sport; how to rotate pitchers in a 4-day tournament without breaking recovery-rule guidelines… and more.

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Season 6 Episode 16 - December 23, 2019

When position players also pitch: differences in mechanics and some warning signs of trouble ahead

In Part Two with Coach Steve Harrow as my guest, we talk about the differences in position-player throwing mechanics and pitching mechanics.

And with many position players in high school also pitching, I teach about the common errors that can be made when the pitcher doesn’t shift his mechanics from the field to the mound. What to look for, why it is so common, and some ideas for instruction are discussed.

I also address some questions from a youth coach about preparation, throwing programs, and underweight balls that were generated in response to episode 15.If you work with young pitchers, you don’t want to miss this.

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